Alistair Cook announced his retirement with the completion of the Oval test. His teammates are determined to send off their former captain with a memorable series victory. India needs to conclude this series with 2-3. Alistair Cook said that these are the glorious days of his career. He finished the fourth day of the game with a century. A crowd of around 19000 paid a standing ovation for this memorable innings.This prolific cricketer gave a magnificent send off for his career and this is the aptest one for one of the strongest teams in the world. He scored 71 from the first innings and 147 from the second innings ending at the total of 218 runs. On the other hand, when he was out for 147 hands, each Indian player shook hands with him along with the English players.
This is not because he just slammed 12000 runs in test format or 33 test centuries or stood as the fifth highest scorer in the test format, but because of the impressions, he had left on the world of cricket. He was called the analog man in the digital world. All his friends and family gathered to pay a send-off for this legendary cricketer on his last day of international cricket.
He said that he couldn’t ask for a better send off. He said “It’s been the most surreal four days of my life really,”
“I suppose if she [Alice, his wife] goes into labor tonight that will probably top it off but it’s been incredible.”
“There are a few of my friends here as well so for that all to happen today and every reception I’ve had over the last four days it’s just been incredible, even that last couple of overs when the whole crowd was singing my Barmy Army songs, incredibly special.
“On a purely selfish point of view I couldn’t have asked for a better week for me so yes on that side but obviously there have been bigger things in more important games that have meant more,”
“To perform and have a day like that I suppose after 160 other games, it’s a nice way to go.” He added.
“It’s just time for me, it’s time for my family and now it makes it even better. It’s always nice people wanting you a little bit more than trying to kick you out and to go out on your own terms makes it perfect,”
“Over the last 12, 18 months things have started to creep into my mind and losing that edge which has definitely happened in training and stuff so that decision was made for me, kind of,” he further added.
He felt that it is the right time for him to leave his career after a long cricket career of 161 tests.
“But it’s obviously a big decision because chasing your dreams, playing for England is all I’ve ever really known. When you know it’s right, it’s right. This is just the icing on the cake,” he signed off.